Are you ready?

It's cool outside with a somewhat eerie whistling wind. Gas stations have their prices zeroed out signifying no more fuel. Store shelves are emptier than the church parking lot at midnight. It's pandemonium during the day, then a silence descends at night. Everything echoes: "The storm is coming." *     *     *... Continue Reading →

At the edge of eternity

This past week in the Netherlands I was a guest member of the teen Bible camp run by the missionaries. It was a mentally and physically tiring week, but it was so worth it to get to be with these incredible teens and staff members. Thursday night we ended with a campfire song and testimony... Continue Reading →

More real to me

One of the most pressing questions we often have about things in life is Is it real? When we are scared, we want to know if the threat is real. When we are presented with a new idea or a crazy sounding story, we demand to see the evidence before we will believe it is real. When... Continue Reading →

When you cannot see

"Trust the God you cannot see to faithfully accomplish what only He can see." -- Andy Gleiser Sometimes, this life just doesn't seem to make much sense, does it? When we're in the middle of the muck, we can't see anything except all the mire that surrounds us. We have no perspective save that which looks... Continue Reading →

Love that overcomes

Does it ever occur to you that the foundation of the story of the world is love? Love was carried on the breath of God as He spoke the world into being. He formed each aspect of it with tender care. Love was perfect bliss in the garden of Eden, as God walked with man.... Continue Reading →

Joy of every longing heart

Have you noticed how our hearts long for things? We long for--or crave--certain kinds of food, certain possessions, and so on...but above all, we long for things intangible. We long for peace. Hope. Satisfaction. Joy. Love. Come, Thou long expected Jesus Born to set Thy people free; From our fears and sins release us, Let us... Continue Reading →

Be content

Contentment. It's something I think we would all agree is lacking in the world today, especially in first-world countries, who, ironically, have so much. Often, we equate being content with happiness. We chase happiness hoping to find contentment. How do I know we aren't just looking for happiness, as everyone says? Because happiness is fleeting. And... Continue Reading →

Equipped for action (2 Timothy study week 3)

Welcome back to the blog Bible study! If you need to catch up, here is the introduction post and here's chapter 2 from last week. Here's a quick review of last week's main points: The word of God goes forth through teaching, and will not be bound. Truth dynamically impacts the Christian's life by calling... Continue Reading →

Truth’s dynamic impact (2 Timothy study week 2)

Welcome back to the blog Bible study! If you missed last week’s introduction, you can catch up here. Here’s a quick review of last week’s main points: Paul praises Timothy for his sincere, wholehearted faith. Paul explains our calling and the Spirit God has equipped us with, so that we need not be ashamed. Paul... Continue Reading →

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